Job Announcement:

Metadata Services Specialist (Academic Professional)
University Library
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: As soon as possible after closing date of search. This is for a 100% time, 12-month Academic Professional position in the Content Access Management (CAM) department in the Technical Services Division of the University Library.

Duties and Responsibilities: The University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign seeks an innovative and experienced professional to serve in the position of Metadata Services Specialist. This is an academic professional position for an individual with a master’s degree in library or information science, preferably with at least two years of metadata experience. Reporting to the metadata librarian and metadata team leader within the Content Access Management Unit, this position will primarily support metadata creation and management of digital collections, with duties extending to the Library’s other metadata services.  The Metadata Services Specialist will develop and establish efficient metadata workflows and maintain high standards of quality for metadata production and management of digital collections to support discovery and access, and contribute to the long-term stewardship of the Library’s rich digital collections.

The Metadata Service Specialist:
•       Creates, edits, and enhances metadata for digital collections
•       Formulates and implements best practices for metadata management of digital collections
•       Leads and participates in meetings relating to digital collections creation and their access with the Digital Content Creation unit, Library IT, and other units of the Library
•       Investigates and proposes additional solutions for metadata management of the Library’s digital collections
•       Provides metadata training and consulting services  to staff and colleagues
•       Monitors systems upgrades and implements appropriate new system functionalities
•       Identifies, evaluates, and stays current with emerging metadata trends, practices, and standards

This position may participate in research activity regarding issues in digital library development and the impact of implementing emerging metadata-related information technologies in discovery services. As the information landscape changes, this position may be asked to cover additional, evolving services or functions related to enhancing the discovery and delivery of the Library’s digital content.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the world’s preeminent research libraries. With more than 13 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The library currently employs approximately 90 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.  The Library consists of multiple departmental libraries located across campus, as well as an array of central public, technical, and administrative service units. The Library also encompasses a variety of virtual service points and “embedded librarian” programs. For more detailed information, please visit <>.

The Content Access Management (CAM) department consists of 8 permanent faculty and academic professionals, 20 FTE civil service staff, and academic hourly and student employees who catalog and create metadata to facilitate the discovery and delivery of the Library's information resources. The various units in CAM include Monographic Cataloging, Serials Cataloging, Foreign Language Cataloging, Electronic Resources Cataloging, Metadata Services, and Database Maintenance. Members of CAM also contribute to large-scale digitization projects, web- scale discovery services, and the creation, harvesting, enhancement, remediation, and transformation of Library metadata. The unit participates in cooperative cataloging programs to support national and international resource sharing.

ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science
•       Experience with MARC, Dublin Core, MODS, or other metadata schemas and standards
•       Experience in creating metadata for various types of resources
•       Experience with digital assets management tools, including CONTENTdm, ArtStor SharedShelf, Omeka, or others
•       Demonstrated knowledge of XML, XSLT, or other data processing technologies
•       Effective organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
•       Ability to work independently as well as cooperatively and flexibly with a wide variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment

•       At least two years of working experience with metadata creation and management in an academic or research library setting
•       Familiarity and understanding of library Linked Data
•       Familiarity with RDF and the Semantic Web
•       Experience participating in metadata-driven research projects
•       Experience and ability to provide metadata-related training and instruction

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to the employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at<>.

The university is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 125,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The university and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: <<>> or <<>>.

To Apply:  To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at<> and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline:  In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before July 20, 2015.

Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.  (<>).

Michael Norman

Head of Content Access Management
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
1408 West Gregory Drive
Main Library Room 220
Urbana, IL 61801
217-333-8350 (work phone)
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